Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Spotted



We haven't seen many deer in the yard this season, but since reading The Hidden Life of Deer (linked to my review -- a great read that I still revisit in my head), I'm even more fascinated by these large gentle graceful creatures, so I was glad to spot these in my yard, and even more sympathetic to them, thus letting them nibble a bit on the morning glory vines -- which they totally destroyed last year. I was wondering why they hadn't been around this year.

After reading the book, I now know that this group of four is probably a family group. The large doe is the mother, the smaller doe is probably her fawn from last year, and the adorable spotted fawns are her twins (right in the middle, who look at a little bigger than they did when separated from the group), born this year. The females usually stay together as a family unit.

They come into our yard without fear. That brown railing you see in the picture above is my deck, shown below for perspective. They are just 15 feet or so from the house.


And where is the dog who enjoys being outside, protecting our home from intruders of the two-legged and four-legged community? Relaxing regally on the front porch, that's where she is:



8 comments:

morninglight mama said...

WOW. That is a truly amazing site. Simply beautiful.

unfinishedwork said...

This looks great. I reserved the book at the library. We love sitting on our back porch, and watching the deer in our backyard. I think Mike and I will both enjoy this book! Great post and pictures, btw!

Dianne

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

How fun and exciting! My in-laws (just outside San Antonio) had a doe hide it's newborn fawn in their yard this year. My mil walked right up to it and took it's picture. The little thing never flinched. We don't see much wildlife in our neighborhood - unless you count the possum that did in our yard a few years ago and the skunks that come through regularly.

Carrie said...

I LOVE seeing deer in our yard. This year we've had the pleasure of hosting a baby fawn somewhere very close by. It's fun watching the baby romp about the yard.

wisteria said...

I get a lot of deer in my yard, but this shot is truly great. It is so hard to catch them in such a pose.
And naturally I love the shot of your adorable dog.

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

A few weeks ago, we saw some deer in our back yard -- for the *first* time in the 5+ years we've lived here. There are tons of deer all around -- we see them along the road all the time. But they apparently don't really like our little neighborhood.

Toni said...

This books sounds great. I love your photo... and well the last picture of your sentinel guard..is priceless. Thanks for sharing.

Lee said...

Yes, they are cute. But so were my hosta, roses and hydrangea bushes. All gone.